Rejoice Always and Pray Continually

As we look at technology it appears to demand our full and undivided attention. The internet gives us the capacity to access humanity's collective learning in the palm of our hands. However, for many, this constant access comes at a cost. There is an impulse on our parts to always needing to know what is happening, to make sure that we are not missing anything. To me that sounds like it could create quite a chronic atmosphere.

Although the apostle Paul struggled with different reasons for anxiety, he know our souls are wired to find peace in God. That is why, in a letter to new believers who's endured persecution, Paul concluded by advised the believers to "rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstance"(1Thessalonians 5:16-18). Praying all the time might appear to be daunting. But then, how often do we check our cell phones? What if we instead let that desire be a call to talk to God? What if we would learn to exchange a need to always be in "the know" for continual, prayerful rest in God's presence? Through depending on Christ's Spirit, we can learn to give our heavenly Father our continual full attention as we make our way through each and every day.

How would you say technology impacts your faith, both negatively and positively? What might help you grow in undivided focus on God?

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